I’ve found that when I am frustrated, annoyed or worrying about something I need to be careful of the words I speak. Too often we can pray one thing, but then when we come under pressure we say the complete opposite of what we have prayed. This is counter- productive to our prayers, essentially making them ineffective. That’s when we need to “zip it” and not say anything at all unless it agrees with what God says.
That’s where my vacuuming song comes in handy. I may be wanting to spout a whole lot of faithless, doubt filled rubbish out of my mouth because I am feeling annoyed or anxious but instead I’ve learnt to take my frustration and worries out in other ways like vacuuming, primarily because its too noisy to hear much else unless I’m being intentional about what I’m saying. I start to speak or sing Gods promises because I choose to turn “my worry into worship”, knowing that when I worship God I will start to see from the perspective of heaven and from the knowledge of who God is and what He is capable of, rather than just seeing my struggle. That changes how I look at my problem or issue and it instantly makes me more aware of God being on the scene.
One of my vacuuming songs for years happens to be, “Jehovah Jireh” my provider”. Jehovah Jireh is one of the names God uses to explain his character. It means the “Lord who provides”, which covers pretty much everything in life. He provides strength, joy, love, comfort, peace, finances, health, healing, wisdom, clarity, boldness… It’s just one of the names of God that reveals an aspect of who He is and what He promises.
I’ve discovered over the years that one of the most powerful methods of turning worry into worship is to constantly have a growing understanding of who God is and to understand His names and what they reveal about Him.
In the Bible a person’s name usually said something about that person’s character or destiny. This is why the many names of God are vitally important for us to see and understand. Each name of God reveals something about His character. At the same time, God’s names show us many different ways in which He is there to help us in our times of need or worry.
Here are some of the names of God:
Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah)
El Elyon (The Most High God)
Adonai (Lord, Master)
El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty)
El Olam (The Everlasting God)
Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)
Jehovah Rapha (The Lord Who Heals You)
Jehovah Nissi (The Lord Is My Banner)
Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You)
Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace)
Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)
Jehovah Raah (The Lord Is My Shepherd)
Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness)
Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There)
We can see God’s names revealed throughout the bible, usually when people either faced a great need, or when God blessed them in a spectacular way. It’s the same today. God still wants to reveal Himself to each one of us.
God wants us to know Him and to know His name so that we will confidently trust and rely on Him, knowing that He will never abandon us. For us to know: He is Jehovah Rapha, the Lord our Healer; He is Jehovah Jireh, the Lord our Provider; He is Jehovah Shalom, the Lord our peace. He is Jehovah Raah, our Shepherd.
When life begins to press in, we can draw upon the knowledge of who God is and declare His names back to Him and all of heaven responds, as His power is released to defeat every weapon that may have been formed against us.
Today, start discovering His name, and the promises behind it. Then choose to worship; knowing that it leads us into His presence, silences the enemy, and releases the power of heaven on our behalf.
“You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you.” (Psalm 8:2)
“Do not forget the covenant I have made with you, and do not worship other gods. Rather, worship the LORD your God; it is he who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.” (2 Kings 17:38-39)
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” (Psalm 100:40)